Cold wintry blast to hit Victoria

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The outskirts of Melbourne could be hit by more snow later this week as a cold wintry blast pushes into southeastern Australia.

The temperature is set to plummet across much of Victoria by Friday, with widespread showers, isolated thunderstorms and hail and snow falling to low levels.

Sky News Weather chief meteorologist Tom Saunders said the snow level would drop to 500m on Friday and Saturday, which would bring falls to non-alpine regions by the weekend.

He said the cold blast was being driven by a traditional wintry weather pattern due to a low pressure system sitting south of Western Australia that would move east throughout the week.

“We’re looking at a westerly airstream, it’s the kind of weather pattern we haven’t seen through June and July and that’s why, to this point anyway, it’s been such a poor snow season,” Mr Saunders said.

“It means westerly winds with showers, hail, thunder and snow falling to low levels by the weekend.”

Snow falls in Olinda earlier this month. Picture: Tony Gough
media_cameraSnow falls in Olinda earlier this month. Picture: Tony Gough

He said the front would bring strong winds and widespread showers for much of Victoria from Wednesday onwards, with the heaviest falls along the coast, southwest Victoria, the south and west coasts of Gippsland and the alpine ranges.

He said by the later part of the weekend those areas could see rainfall totals of more than 50mm, with the rest of the state likely to see more than 25mm over the next eight days.

“By the time we get to later on Friday and Saturday there’s very cold polar air moving through southeast Australia,” Mr Saunders said.

“Wednesday and Thursday the snow level will drop to around 1000m, on Friday though that snow level will really start to plummet and we’ll start to see snow in non-alpine areas, particularly later Friday and early Saturday.

Snow falls in Toolangi

Thick snow falling outside the Toolangi DELWP office as an icy blast hit southern Victoria on Tuesday.

A light dusting of snow on the lookout on top of Mt Macedon on August 4. Picture: Jay Town
media_cameraA light dusting of snow on the lookout on top of Mt Macedon on August 4. Picture: Jay Town

“Snow potentially to 500m along the Great Diving Ranges in NSW and Victoria.”

That could mean snow around Mt Macedon and again in the Dandenong Ranges for the second time this month.

Melbourne is heading for a top of 16C on Tuesday and 13C on Wednesday before it drops to 11C on both Friday and Saturday.

Showers, thunderstorms and persistent winds are forecast for the remainder of the week until at least Monday.

The snow forecast for southeast Australia this week. Picture: Sky News Weather
media_cameraThe snow forecast for southeast Australia this week. Picture: Sky News Weather

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